Published: Thu, December 07, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Should You Eat a Little Bit of Cheese Every Day?

Should You Eat a Little Bit of Cheese Every Day?

There is good news for lactose lovers, researchers have found that a little bit of cheese every day might be good for you. Overall, people who consumed high levels of cheese had a 14% lower risk of developing coronary heart disease and were 10% less likely to have a stroke than those who rarely or never ate cheese.

A 40 gram square, about the size of matchbox, was the sweet spot for health benefits.

Researchers from China and the Netherlands looked at information from 200,000 people, gathered in 15 observational studies.

"We're always are searching for ways to minimize heart disease and reduce atherosclerosis", said Allan Stewart, director of aortic surgery at Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center. This basically means that higher quantities of cheese aren't necessarily better.

This is not the same as eating a big slice of cheesy pizza every day.

Another thing to keep in mind is that the data regarding cheese consumption was self-reported, and people are notorious for over or under-estimating the amount of food they've eaten.

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Yet exceeding moderate portions of cheese won't boost benefits, and may in fact trigger negative health conditions, experts warn. While it may seem like a lot of the dairy product, it's an average of 36 grams per day, which is slightly less than the amount recommended by researchers.

Cheese contains vitamins A, K and D along with calcium, zinc, magnesium and protein.

While cheese contains some nutrients that are beneficial to health - such as, zinc, and A and B-12 - it is also, which can increase levels and raise the risk of and.

Simply put, the study didn't find a cause-and-effect relationship between cheese consumption and diminished heart disease risks, but rather an association between the two. "But on the upside, a bit of cheese on a cracker doesn't sound unreasonable".

New findings may enhance your enjoyment of après-ski raclettes or holiday cheese boards.

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